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Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by Westy, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Westy

    Westy Pole Sitter

    I just read on BBC that Bernie wants the Melbourne GP to become a night race lest it be cut from the calendar when the contract is out. Why would you mess with the spectacle of the Australian GP? It is one of my favorites every year, especially that it is on so late/early in the morning and therefor becomes an event to enjoy.

    Surely other eastern grand prix are held during the same time slot as Australia but he is not calling for them to be a night race. Here is to Australia keeping their current slot and holding strong! Come on lads!
     
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  3. tooncheese

    tooncheese Hans Heyer Contributor

    Hang on I thought Europe was dead, and F1 was moving into new economies? So why change the time to benefit Europe? Or do no Asian pawns like F1 just the corporations?
     
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  4. GeoffP

    GeoffP Thank you and good night Contributor

    Hang on, you mean Bernie has made a contradictory headline in the build up to the start of the season...... Surely not!
     
  5. Westy

    Westy Pole Sitter

    I know, completely out of the blue right? Still makes my blood pressure rise!
     
  6. GeoffP

    GeoffP Thank you and good night Contributor

    He stands squarely in the "no such thing as bad publicity" corner
     
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  7. Mezzer

    Mezzer A fine chap if ever there was one. Contributor

    OK, I shall start by saying I thought night races were absolutely bananas until Singapore, but I actually think its been a success and not that bad to have something a little 'unusual'. Whatever is said about Bernie, and not a lot of it is nice, you can't take away from thim the fact that an ENORMOUS amount of money is now generated out of F1 and, for better or for worse, he was the key architect of that.
     
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  8. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    A night race was the ideal thing for Singapore. After all there was nothing else to make the circuit interesting.
     
  9. mjo

    mjo Procrastinating Contributor

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    I night race is good. 2 are fine. 3 - it's getting a bit too many, isn't it? Albert Park, with the sun setting and the long shadows cast by the trees, is fine as it is. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
     
  10. gethinceri

    gethinceri Daniil Kvyat Fan. Alfa Romeo Fan. Contributor

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    How does setting up millions of candela of light over the course of a weekend's racing make F1 more appealing to the state government which is already under huge pressure regarding the cost of hosting the Grand Prix? Idiotic. Think it through, he's blowing smoke up so many arses.
     
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  11. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    Bernie has been pushing for Australia to move to a night race for some time. The problem with the current start time is a) if there is a delay of any kind the race will end in the dark and b) even at the current finish time drivers are complaining about reduced visibility due to how low the sun is.

    For me there are two option - a night race or start it at a sensible, local, time.
     
  12. Road of Bones

    Road of Bones MTC Mole Premium Contributor

    This seems more like Bernie opening the door to another Australian venue taking over from Melbourne to me - I just can't see the Albert Park locals going for the extra disruption that a night race would bring, and I think Bernie's getting weary of all the prevaricating and nimby-ism that seems to surround the Melbourne race these days. It's his standard negotiating tactic - threaten to take away his ball unless they agree to play his way - and it almost always works: look at Silverstone, for example!
     
  13. MCLS

    MCLS Anti F1 fan Valued Member

    I'd rather the sensible local time myself, personally as a fan there's nowt better then waking up (or even staying up) until stupid o clock in the morning for the F1 race LOL
     
  14. KekeTheKing

    KekeTheKing Banned Supporter

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    No kidding. If European F1 fans can't get up/stay up for the season opener, then its a sad state of affairs.
     
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  15. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #dejavu Valued Member

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    Well, I don't ;)

    I record it and watch it first thing. Its not rocket science.
     
  16. KekeTheKing

    KekeTheKing Banned Supporter

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    Seriously TBY? I can't stand watching recorded events. I hate the fact that the outcome has already been settled.
     
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  17. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #dejavu Valued Member

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    So long as I don't know the outcome, it doesn't bother me. Anyway, if you record the race then can know the real result within minutes of watching it >:(
     
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  18. Bushi

    Bushi Pole Sitter

    I used to get up for f1 races, but that time is behind me now. The weekend's is the only time to sleep late. And to wake up for a race in which nothing happens but cars just driving behind each other, just doesn't do it for me.

    +Now that that f1 isn't on the BBC anymore, I'm gonna download the races from SKY anyway. Belgian f1 commentators are total crap.
     
  19. Brogan

    Brogan Leg end Staff Member

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    I'm too old to be getting up at stupid o'clock these days, especially after having had no sleep the night before due to a certain little lady keeping me awake all night.

    As for the topic, as has already been said, this is typical Bernie; "It''s my way or the highway", or not as the case may be.

    Night races = crap.
     
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  20. no-FIAt-please

    no-FIAt-please Champion Elect Premium Contributor

    Hmm night races do lose their amusement after a while but the cars look excellent under the lights of Singapore. I wonder what a wet race at Singapore would be like... presumably wet and dark.
     
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  21. Mezzer

    Mezzer A fine chap if ever there was one. Contributor

    See my signature. ; I get up early and watch it before the kids get up, its my moment of 'me time'.
     
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